Following 'Blueprint for a Green Economy' (the Pearce Report), David Pearce and his team have turned their attention to global environmental threats. If it makes sense to apply economic analysis to national environmental problems, then it makes even more sense to apply it to world-wide dangers. The authors start by describing the reasons for using economic approaches to common resources like climate, ozone and biodiversity. They then take a detailed look at the economic ways of tackling the issues involved in global warming, ozone layer depletion, environmental degradation in the Third World, population, rain forests, aid, equity, international environmental co-operation and what might amount to green foreign policies. They show not only how to take all these things into account in economic theory, but also the economic price of failing to do so. Blueprint 2 is an agenda for international and governmental economic action.
Introduction * The Global Commons * Global Warming: The Economics of a Carbon Tax * Global Warming: The Economics of Tradeable Permits * Economics and the Ozone Layer * Environmental Degradation in the Third World * Population Growth * Tropical Deforestation * Environmentally Sensitive Aid * Conserving Biological Diversity * Environment, Economics and Ethics * Epigraph * Index